Assistant Professor: Islam
The Department for the Study of Religion at San Diego State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Islam in the Twenty-First Century, to begin Fall 2023. Applications are encouraged from scholars who work on contemporary Islam broadly. Candidates whose research focuses on gender, critical theories of race and/or intersectionality, ecology, decoloniality, or other related issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to articulate a clear and compelling vision of how their research in Islam engages with emerging and critical approaches to method and theory in the study of religion. Any geographical focus is invited, though because of the department’s already strong regional representation in South Asia, applications focusing on other regions will be prioritized. Proficiency in related language/s is required. The successful candidate will possess a clear research agenda evidenced by a history of or potential for significant scholarly contribution and publication in top-tier venues. Teaching experience at the undergraduate level is preferred. Applicants must hold a PhD in the Study of Religion or a related field by the time of appointment.
Apply via Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/113396. The application must include: cover letter; curriculum vitae; writing sample (no more than 25 pages); the names and email addresses of three references whom the department may contact; and a 500-word diversity statement that explicitly references how the applicant meets at least two of the Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria, as listed in the paragraph below. Review of applications will begin on October 11, 2022.
We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.
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